CM, Richo seek help for
Arunachalee students in TN
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Shocked by the massive flood in Tamil Nadu, particularly in Chennai
that left 269 people dead, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and APCC president Padi Richo
late Thursday evening contacted AICC general secretary V Narayansamy and secretary
Dr Jayakumar, both in-charge of NE states, seeking their help for Arunachalee students
Dr Jayakumar and Narayansamy, requested the duo to pass on their mobile numbers 09910190999
and 08800801965 respectively to anyone from NE region to contact them for any help.
Expressing deep concern over the situation, Tuki and Richo prayed the all mighty
for blessings to relieve the families who lost their near and dear ones of agonies.
Both of them in separate statements said that steps are being taken to know if the
Arunachalee students studying there were having any problem.
‘No shifting of NHPC’s office’
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The NHPC said that there is no any move to shift NHPC’s Itanagar
office anywhere as reported in the local media. “It was clarified that NHPC’s Itanagar
office was not shifting anywhere as reported in the local media, rather soon after
taking over charge of CMD, KM Singh along with Director (Technical) D P Bhargava
visited Subansiri Lower HE Project and also met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at Itanagar
indicating NHPC’s intention to expand business in this region, said an NHPC release.
During its courtesy call to Minister for Hydro Power Development, Phurpa Tsering
recently, NHPC team led by Executive Director, NHPC Ltd, Itanagar, Ronel Kumar further
sought the help of the Minister to expedite the FRA compliances of Tawang Basin Projects
which is held up due to non-receipt of NOC from Gram Sabhas of six villages.
During the meeting issues related to restart of stalled works of 2000 MW Subansiri
Lower HE Project and prospects of business expansion were discussed, the release
DC asks deptts. to be prepared for ensuing outreach camp
KHONSA, Dec 3: Tirap DC Ravi Jha asked all the departments and the service providers
to be prepared well in advance to ensure that maximum villagers benefit from an outreach
camp which will be organized at Bari-Bariap near Katang village on Dec 18 next.
The decision to organize the administrative outreach camp was taken during a coordination
meeting held in the DC’s conference hall on Wednesday, which was attended by SP,
HoDs and Khela-Lamsa ZPM Sontung Lowang Bangsia.
During the meeting, the DC also urged all the concerned departments like power to
provide all the logistics to make the proposed camp a success. A pre-outreach camp
meeting has also been fixed on Dec 11 at Katang village to create awareness about
the camp among the people.
It may be mentioned here that Bari-Basiap CO headquarters which is yet to function
fully is situated between Khonsa and Changlang along CK road, about 30 KM from Khonsa.
The outreach camp is being conducted with an aim of taking the administration closer
to the people who face much hardship in coming to Khonsa even for simple matters
like issuance of STC, PRC etc. (DIPRO)
Indigenous Faith Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: The Indigenous Faith Day was celebrated by Central Do:nyiPo:lo
Yélam Kébang (CDPYK) Pasighat with much fervor on Tuesday. The celebrations began
with a day-long car/bike rally which began from Éngo-Takar Déré, Central Ganggíng,
Pasighat and culminated at Mebo.
Speaking on the occasion, Hemchandra Doley, Social worker, writer-cum-film director
from Majuli encouraged all to preserve the age-old tradition of indigenous faith
to protect one’s own identity. CDPYK Secretary General Tajom Tasung also urged all
the indigenous believers to carry forward the unfinished works of Golgí Boté Talom
Rukbo to preserve one’s own tradition and culture. Chief Advisor Kaling Borang and
CDPYK President Tabi Jerang also spoke on the occasion. President of All Assam Do:nyiPo:lo
Yélam Kébang,Dr. Gonokanto Lagasung and Hemchandran Doley also attended the celebrations.
The Day was also celebrated at Raga with a large number of people including students
taking out a rally and organizing a function to mark the day.
ASM chairperson seeks
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Claiming that despite release of payment amounting to Rs 2 crores
against Sippi to Chetam road under PMGSY in Chetam Administrative Circle of Upper
Subansiri, Anchal Chairperson, 6th Chetam Anchal Block, Tari Guha today sought for
constitution of High Level Enquiry Committee against the executing agency. In his
letter written to the Chief Secretary, ASM Chairperson claimed that said work was
awarded to M/s Subu Tachang in August 2014 after e-tender in July 2014. However,
after passage of year no visible work has been done except few culverts , ASM Chairperson
Expressing displeasure over the RWD Daporijo, the ASM Chairperson stated the department
is maintaining stoic silence over inordinate delay in work. He further claimed that
Rs 2 crores have already been paid to the contractor against the said work. ASM
chairperson sought CS intervention and pleaded him to give direction to RWD Daporijo
to resume the work so that it completes within stipulated time.
Social service at General Hospital
AALO, Dec 3: Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) in collaboration with PHED
is organizing a two days social service to restore water supply system at General
Hospital, Aalo on Dec 3 and 4.
The obsolete water supply pipes were replaced with new pipes by the PAYWA. The social
service would cater regular water supply to the various branches like OPD, Medical
Superintendent Office, dressing room and labour rooms of the hospital.
PAYWA has lauded PHED officials for extending manpower and other necessary support
for success of the social service. DIPRO
Mission Indradhanush review meeting held
KHONSA, Dec 3: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha has urged all the Medical Officers
in-charge of Borduria, Kapu, Dadam and Soha PHCs Deomali CHC to cover up the dropped
out and missed out 0-2 years children in the 3rd round Mission Indradhanush mobile
vaccination camp in their respective jurisdiction.
Jha was speaking at a review meeting of Mission Indradhanush round 1st, 2nd and strategy
for round 3 at his chamber.
Earlier, DMO, Dr. N Lowang highlighted the total children immunized during 1st and
2nd round by the MI mobile camp conducted in various circles.
The meeting was attended by DD(ICDS), A Lowangchha, DDSE Pubi Lombi, in-charge of
various health centres and staff of DPM and district NHM.
Pario makes exclusive tour to his constituency
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Minister PHE & WS, Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation
Takam Pario made an exclusive tour of his constituency from November 28 to Dec 2
last to oversee the various ongoing road construction works and other development
On the concluding day of his tour, the minister launched Chief Minister Universal
Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) and Census and Survey of unemployment under CM’s
Employment Generation programe at Nyikum-Nya Hall, Palin. Pario also emphasized on
early completion of the survey within one and half month.
Call for CBI enquiry
ITANAGAR, Nov 3: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Union (AACU) has called for deputing
CBI and Anti-Corruption Bureau Agency in the state to check corruption. It has submitted
a memorandum to the Governor in this regard.
Orientation course for GP
member secretaries begins
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: A state-level orientation course for member secretaries of Gram
Panchayat on Gram Panchayat Development Plan under ‘My Village My Development Plan’
(MVMDP) began at the SIRD, Conference Hall here today.
During the programme Deputy Director PR, Gaat Ligu and Assistant Director PR, Tapang
Kopak informed the participants that it was mandatory for all Gram Panchayats to
hold two Gram Sabhas. While exhorting the member secretaries to play a proactive
role, they further informed that the grants under the 14th Finance Commission shall
be transferred to the Gram Panchayat accounts.
RGPSA SNO Likha Kiran Kabak also gave an overview of MVMDP and highlighted the important
role that member secretaries of Gram Panchayat plays in village development process.
She stressed the need for each Gram Panchayat to develop a very comprehensive development
plan based on actual needs of the villagers. She also apprised the Member Secretaries
about the composition and role of GPDC, BRG and DPC.
Faculties from SIRD-SPRC will hold sessions on topics like, Planning Premise Development,
Household Survey, Situation Analysis and Projectisation, Role of PES in MVMDP besides,
panel discussion on issue pertaining to RD & PR during the course.
Veteran Football Cup 2015
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Arunachal United FC defeated Kra-Dadi Veteran by 3-0 goals in the
second day of the 3rd State level Veteran Football Cup 2015 at R G Stadium, Naharlagun.
United FC defeated Emchi Veteran by 5-1 goals and Papa-XI drew with Doimukh Veteran
In the first match played today morning, AUFC scored in the third minute through
a goal of Dojum Nomuk. Arunachal United FC, Captain, Taja Bonung scored in the 20th
and 52nd minute to finish 3-0.
In the second match, Naharlagun United FC was shocked by Emchi Veterans in the 14th
minute through the goal by Techi Tutu, but came back strongly and equalized in the
22nd minute through the goal of Toko Shama. Kipa Takum scored in the 24th minute
to take the lead. Toko Shama then scored 3 goals to finish by 5-1 goals.
In the last match, Papa XI drew with Doimukh Veteran Warriors. DVW took the lead
in the 46th minute through a goal scored by Biren Langha, which was equaled by Gollo
Aja of Papa XI.
Recovering From Stroke
[ Dr. Amber Anand, PT ]
The process of recovering from a stroke usually includes treatment, spontaneous recovery,
rehabilitation, and the return to community living. Because stroke survivors often
have complex rehabilitation needs, progress and recovery are different for each person.
Treatment for stroke begins in a hospital with “acute care.” This first step includes
helping the patient survive, preventing another stroke, and taking care of any other
Spontaneous recovery happens naturally to most people. Soon after the stroke, some
abilities that have been lost usually start to come back. This process is quickest
during the first few weeks, but it sometimes continues for a long time.
Rehabilitation is another part of treatment. It helps the person keep abilities and
gain back lost abilities to become more independent. It usually begins while the
patient is still in acute care. For many patients, it continues afterward, either
as a formal rehabilitation program or as individual rehabilitation services. Many
decisions about rehabilitation are made by the patient, family, and hospital staff
before discharge from acute care. The last stage in stroke recovery begins with the
person’s return to community living after acute care or rehabilitation. This stage
can last for a lifetime as the stroke survivor and family learn to live with the
effects of the stroke. This may include doing common tasks in new ways or making
up for damage to or limits of one part of the body by greater activity of another.
For example, a stroke survivor can wear shoes with velcro closures instead of laces
or may learn to write with the opposite hand.
What Happens During Acute Care?
The main purposes of acute care are to:
• Make sure the patient’s condition is caused by a stroke and not by some other medical
• Determine the type and location of the stroke and how serious it is.
• Prevent or treat complications such as bowel or bladder problems or pressure ulcers
• Prevent another stroke.
• Encourage the patient to move and perform self-care tasks, such as eating and getting
out of bed, as early as medically possible. This is the first step in rehabilitation.
Preventing Another Stroke
People who have had a stroke have an increased risk of another stroke, especially
during the first year after the original stroke. The risk of another stroke goes
up with older age, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, diabetes,
obesity, having had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), heart disease, cigarette smoking,
heavy alcohol use, and drug abuse. While some risk factors for stroke (such as age)
cannot be changed, the risk factors for the others can be reduced through use of
medicines or changes in lifestyle.
Patients and families should ask for guidance from their doctor or nurse about preventing
another stroke. They need to work together to make healthy changes in the patient’s
lifestyle. Patients and families should also learn the warning signs of a TIA (such
as weakness on one side of the body and slurred speech) and see a doctor immediately
if these happen.
How Stroke Affects People
Effects on the Body, Mind, and Feelings
Each stroke is different depending on the part of the brain injured, how bad the
injury is, and the person’s general health. Some of the effects of stroke are:
Weakness (hemiparesis) or paralysis (hemiplegia) on one side of the body.
This may affect the whole side or just the arm or the leg. The weakness or paralysis
is on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain injured by the stroke.
For example, if the stroke injured the left side of the brain, the weakness or paralysis
will be on the right side of the body.
Problems with balance or coordination.
These can make it hard for the person to sit, stand, or walk, even if muscles are
Problems using language (aphasia and dysarthria).
A person with aphasia may have trouble understanding speech or writing. Or, the
person may understand but may not be able to think of the words to speak or write.
A person with dysarthria knows the right words but has trouble saying them clearly.
Being unaware of or ignoring things on one side of the body (bodily neglect or inattention).
Often, the person will not turn to look toward the weaker side or even eat food from
the half of the plate on that side.
Pain, numbness, or odd sensations.
These can make it hard for the person to relax and feel comfortable.
Problems with memory, thinking, attention, or learning (cognitive problems).
A person may have trouble with many mental activities or just a few. For example,
the person may have trouble following directions, may get confused if something in
a room is moved, or may not be able to keep track of the date or time.
Being unaware of the effects of the stroke.
The person may show poor judgment by trying to do things that are unsafe as a result
of the stroke.
Trouble swallowing (dysphagia).
This can make it hard for the person to get enough food. Also, care must sometimes
be taken to prevent the person from breathing in food (aspiration) while trying to
Problems with bowel or bladder control.
These problems can be helped with the use of portable urinals, bedpans, and other
Getting tired very quickly.
Becoming tired very quickly may limit the person’s participation and performance
in a rehabilitation program.
Sudden bursts of emotion, such as laughing, crying, or anger.
These emotions may indicate that the person needs help, understanding, and support
in adjusting to the effects of the stroke.
This is common in people who have had strokes. It can begin soon after the stroke
or many weeks later, and family members often notice it first.
Depression After Stroke
It is normal for a stroke survivor to feel sad over the problems caused by stroke.
However, some people experience a major depressive disorder, which should be diagnosed
and treated as soon as possible. A person with a major depressive disorder has a
number of symptoms nearly every day, all day, for at least 2 weeks. These always
include at least one of the following:
• Feeling sad, blue, or down in the dumps.
• Loss of interest in things that the person used to enjoy.
A person may also have other physical or psychological symptoms, including:
• Feeling slowed down or restless and unable to sit still.
• Feeling worthless or guilty.
• Increase or decrease in appetite or weight.
• Problems concentrating, thinking, remembering, or making decisions.
• Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much.
• Loss of energy or feeling tired all of the time.
• Other aches and pains.
• Digestive problems.
• Sexual problems.
• Feeling pessimistic or hopeless.
• Being anxious or worried.
• Thoughts of death or suicide.
If a stroke survivor has symptoms of depression, especially thoughts of death or
suicide, professional help is needed right away. Once the depression is properly
treated, these thoughts will go away. Depression can be treated with medication,
psychotherapy, or both. If it is not treated, it can cause needless suffering and
also makes it harder to recover from the stroke.
Disabilities After Stroke
A “disability” is difficulty doing something that is a normal part of daily life.
People who have had a stroke may have trouble with many activities that were easy
before, such as walking, talking, and taking care of “activities of daily living”
(ADLs). These include basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, and using the
toilet, as well as more complex tasks called “instrumental activities of daily living”
(IADLs), such as housekeeping, using the telephone, driving, and writing checks.
Some disabilities are obvious right after the stroke. Others may not be noticed until
the person is back home and is trying to do something for the first time since the
Deciding About Rehabilitation
Some people do not need rehabilitation after a stroke because the stroke was mild
or they have fully recovered. Others may be too disabled to participate. However,
many patients can be helped by rehabilitation. Hospital staff will help the patient
and family decide about rehabilitation and choose the right services or program.
Types of Rehabilitation Programs
There are several kinds of rehabilitation programs:
These programs can be provided by special rehabilitation hospitals or by rehabilitation
units in acute care hospitals. Complete rehabilitation services are available. The
patient stays in the hospital during rehabilitation. An organized team of specially
trained professionals provides the therapy. Hospital programs are usually more intense
than other programs and require more effort from the patient.
Outpatient programs allow a patient who lives at home to get a full range of services
by visiting a hospital outpatient department, outpatient rehabilitation facility,
or day hospital program.
Home Based Programs
The patient can live at home and receive rehabilitation services from visiting professionals.
An important advantage of home programs is that patients learn skills in the same
place where they will use them.
Individual Rehabilitation Services
Many stroke survivors do not need a complete range of rehabilitation services. Instead,
they may need an individual type of service, such as regular physical therapy or
speech therapy. These services are available from outpatient and home care programs.
Choosing a Rehabilitation Program
The doctor and other hospital staff will provide information and advice about rehabilitation
programs, but the patient and family make the final choice. Hospital staffs know
the patient’s disabilities and medical condition. They should also be familiar with
the rehabilitation programs in the community and should be able to answer questions
about them. The patient and family may have a preference about whether the patient
lives at home or at a rehabilitation facility. They may have reasons for preferring
one program over another. Their concerns are important and should be discussed with
Things to Consider When Choosing a Rehabilitation Program
• Does the program provide the services the patient needs?
• Does it match the patient’s abilities or is it too demanding or not demanding enough?
• What kind of standing does it have in the community for the quality of the program?
• Is it certified and does its staff have good credentials?
• Is it located where family members can easily visit?
• Does it actively involve the patient and family members in rehabilitation decisions?
• Does it encourage family members to participate in some rehabilitation sessions
and practice with the patient?
• If it is an outpatient or home program, is there someone living at home who can
• If it is an outpatient program, is transportation available?
A person may start rehabilitation in one program and later transfer to another. For
example, some patients who get tired quickly may start out in a less intense rehabilitation
program. After they build up their strength, they are able to transfer to a more
When Rehabilitation Is Not Recommended
Some families and patients may be disappointed if the doctor does not recommend rehabilitation.
However, a person may be unconscious or too disabled to benefit. For example, a person
who is unable to learn may be better helped by maintenance care at home or in a nursing
facility. A person who is, at first, too weak for rehabilitation may benefit from
a gradual recovery period at home or in a nursing facility. This person can consider
rehabilitation at a later time. It is important to remember that:
• Hospital staffs are responsible for helping plan the best way to care for the patient
after discharge from acute care. They can also provide or arrange for needed social
services and family education.
• This is not the only chance to participate in rehabilitation. People who are too
disabled at first may recover enough to enter rehabilitation later.
What Happens During Rehabilitation?
In hospital or nursing facility rehabilitation programs, the patient may spend several
hours a day in activities such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech
therapy, recreational therapy, group activities, and patient and family education.
It is important to maintain skills that help recovery. Part of the time is spent
relearning skills (such as walking and speaking) that the person had before the stroke.
Part of it is spent learning new ways to do things that can no longer be done the
old way (for example, using one hand for tasks that usually need both hands).
Setting Rehabilitation Goals
The goals of rehabilitation depend on the effects of the stroke, what the patient
was able to do before the stroke, and the patient’s wishes. Working together, goals
are set by the patient, family, and rehabilitation program staff. Sometimes, a person
may need to repeat steps in striving to reach goals.
If goals are too high, the patient will not be able to reach them. If they are too
low, the patient may not get all the services that would help. If they do not match
the patient’s interests, the patient may not want to work at them. Therefore, it
is important for goals to be realistic. To help achieve realistic goals, the patient
and family should tell program staff about things that the patient wants to be able
• Being able to walk, at least with a walker or cane, is a realistic goal for most
• Being able to take care of oneself with some special equipment is a realistic goal
• Being able to drive a car is a realistic goal for some.
• Having a job can be a realistic goal for some people who were working before the
stroke. For some, the old job may not be possible but another job or a volunteer
activity may be.
Reaching treatment goals does not mean the end of recovery. It just means that the
stroke survivor and family are ready to continue recovery on their own.
Because every stroke is different, treatment will be different for each person. Rehabilitation
is provided by several types of specially trained professionals. A person may work
with any or all of these:
All patients in stroke rehabilitation have a physician in charge of their care. Several
kinds of doctors with rehabilitation experience may have this role. These include
family physicians and internists (primary care doctors), geriatricians (specialists
in working with older patients), neurologists (specialists in the brain and nervous
system), and physiatrists (specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation).
Rehabilitation nurses specialize in nursing care for people with disabilities. They
provide direct care, educate patients and families, and help the doctor to coordinate
Physical therapists evaluate and treat problems with moving, balance, and coordination.
They provide training and exercises to improve walking, getting in and out of a bed
or chair, and moving around without losing balance. They teach family members how
to help with exercises for the patient and how to help the patient move or walk,
Occupational therapists provide exercises and practice to help patients do things
they could do before the stroke such as eating, bathing, dressing, writing, or cooking.
The old way of doing an activity sometimes is no longer possible, so the therapist
teaches a new technique.
Speech-language pathologists help patients get back language skills and learn other
ways to communicate. Teaching families how to improve communication is very important.
Speech-language pathologists also work with patients who have swallowing problems
Social workers help patients and families make decisions about rehabilitation and
plan the return to the home or a new living place. They help the family answer questions
about insurance and other financial issues and can arrange for a variety of support
services. They may also provide or arrange for patient and family counseling to help
cope with any emotional problems.
Psychologists are concerned with the mental and emotional health of patients. They
use interviews and tests to identify and understand problems. They may also treat
thinking or memory problems or may provide advice to other professionals about patients
with these problems.
Therapeutic recreation specialist.
These therapists help patients return to activities that they enjoyed before the
stroke such as playing cards, gardening, bowling, or community activities. Recreational
therapy helps the rehabilitation process and encourages the patient to practice skills.
Other professionals may also help with the patient’s treatment. An orthotist may
make special braces to support weak ankles and feet. A urologist may help with bladder
problems. Other physician specialists may help with medical or emotional problems.
Dietitians make sure that the patient has a healthy diet during rehabilitation. They
also educate the family about proper diet after the patient leaves the program. Vocational
counselors may help patients go back to work or school.
Deciding About Special Equipment
Even after rehabilitation, some stroke survivors have trouble walking, balancing,
or performing certain activities of daily living. Special equipment can sometimes
help. Here are some examples:
Many people who have had strokes use a cane when walking. For people with balancing
problems, special canes with three or four “feet” are available.
A walker provides more support than a cane. Several designs are available for people
who can only use one hand and for different problems with walking or balance.
Ankle-foot orthotic devices (braces)
Braces help a person to walk by keeping the ankle and foot in the correct position
and providing support for the knee.
Some people will need a wheelchair. Wheelchairs come in many different designs. They
can be customized to fit the user’s needs and abilities. Find out which features
are most important for the stroke survivor.
Aids for bathing, dressing, and eating
Some of these are safety devices such as grab bars and nonskid tub and floor mats.
Others make it easier to do things with one hand. Examples are velcro fasteners on
clothes and placemats that won’t slide on the table.
These range from small computers to homemade communication boards. The stroke survivor,
family, and rehabilitation program staff should decide together what special equipment
is needed. Program staff can help in making the best choices. Medicare or health
insurance will often help pay for the equipment.
Caregivers who help stroke survivors at home are usually family members such as a
husband or wife or an adult son or daughter. They may also be friends or even professional
home health aides. Usually, one person is the main caregiver, while others help from
time to time. An important part of discharge planning is to make sure that caregivers
understand the safety, physical, and emotional needs of the stroke survivor, and
that they will be available to provide needed care.
Since every stroke is different, people have different needs for help from caregivers.
Here are some of the things caregivers may do:
• Keep notes on discharge plans and instructions and ask about anything that is not
• Help to make sure that the stroke survivor takes all prescribed medicines and follows
suggestions from program staff about diet, exercise, rest, and other health practices.
• Encourage and help the person to practice skills learned in rehabilitation.
• Help the person solve problems and discover new ways to do things.
• Help the person with activities performed before the stroke. These could include
using tools, buttoning a shirt, household tasks, and leisure or social activities.
• Help with personal care, if the person cannot manage alone.
• Help with communication, if the person has speech problems. Include the stroke
survivor in conversations even when the person cannot actively participate.
World Disabled Day observed
Govt. committed to uphold rights of differently abled: Felix
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Arunachal Pradesh today observed the International Day of Persons
with Disabilities with various programmes.
Joining the World Disabled Day observation with around 100 school children with Special
Needs (CWSNs) coming from various districts of the state here today, Parliamentary
Secretary Education, IPR& Printing, Bamang Felix said that the state government is
committed to welfare and progress of the children with Special Needs in various
areas including in the fields of games and sports, employment opportunities, access
to educational rights, social security and their integration into the mainstream
to promote the inclusive growth of society.
He urged upon the differently abled children to come forward and claim their rightful
place in the society. With commitment and determination, transform yourself into
a proud citizen of the state, he said.
He was addressing at a function to mark the World Disabled Day under the aegis of
“Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs (CWSN)”, organised by the SSA
Rajya Mission, Itanagar today at Siddhartha Hall.
He also conveyed the message of the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the occasion.
The state Govt. has made provision for special reservation in job quota for the
disabled adding that Govt. has also enhanced the prevailing disability pension amount
of Rs. 200 (which is the norm in the country) to Rs.1000. Referring to official figures,
he informed that in the state, there are 6700 disabled persons.
Calling upon all sections of the society, he said that we must resolve that they
are integral part of our society and help them to be empowered members of the society.
On the occasion, he also called upon the children to play a major role and contribute
in making a world a better place in creating awareness on conservation issues like
global warming, afforestation and for also for promoting peace and harmony. “You
are the angels of God, God sent you with a purpose” he said and urged them to be
driven with purpose and enthusiasm.
Felix also urged the resource persons and teachers to provide special guidance and
nurture their potentials as envisaged in the Inclusive Education or Children with
Special Needs (CWSN). “I believe that you will deliver your responsibility in the
true spirit to bring them to the mainstream of the society” he added.
To encourage the aspiring sportspersons participating in the Paralegal Olympics in
the state and NE level, the state government will give cash awards to medal winners
from this year, Rs. 5 lacs for state level and Rs. 12 lacs for medal winners in NE
level. The state Government will also extend the amount of Rs. 1 crore for Gold medal,
for Silver medal Rs.75 lacs, and Rs. 50 lacs for Bronze medal for wining sportspersons
of the state in the Olympics, to the winners of the Para Olympics from this year.
Announcing this, Felix exhorted them to work hard to excel in their chosen fields
with confidence and determination.
Earlier, the Deputy State Project Director, (SSA Rajya Mission), Likha Sampu highlighted
that the theme of the World Disability Day promoted by the United Nations since 1992
was “full participation and equality” defined as the rights of persons with disabilities
to take part fully in the life and developments of their societies, enjoy living
conditions equal to those of other citizens, and have an equal share in improved
conditions resulting from socio-economic development. Equal access to educational
rights is envisaged under the SSA-Rajya Mission as component of Inclusive Education.
He informed that globally almost one in ten people is a person living with disability
and recent studies indicate that persons with disabilities constitute upto 20 percent
of the population living in poverty. It is a matter of concern that they often face
stigma and discrimination and are routinely denied basic rights such as food, education,
employment, access to health and reproductive health services.
Earlier, State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission, Opak Gao informed that the Inclusive
Education of SSA has taken up awareness programmes, health and various assistances.
The Day is also being celebrated in the districts and expressed happiness with the
enthusiastic participation of the children.
The State Coordinator (Inclusive Education) SSA Rajya Mission, Techi Pratap also
spoke on the occasion.
The resource persons and students also put forward their feedback like provision
for special stipends, availability of teaching learning materials to strengthen the
inclusive education and also for inviting successful and meritorious differently
abled on the occasion to motivate as role models.
On Dec 1 and 2, various cultural, literary and sports competitions were conducted
for the participating children. Prizes to the winners of the various events, 100mtrs
race for girls and junior boys, 200 mtrs, race for boys, essay competitions, drawing
competitions and solo song were given away on the occasion. Parliamentary Secretary,
Bamang Felix also gave out the trophy for Overall District Champion to the East Kameng
District team, while West Kameng team received the Best Disciplined district trophy.
The occasion was also marked by a rally taken out from Akashdeep, Ganga to culminate
at Siddhartha hall.
At Aalo, a procession was taken out by a large number of students with posters banners
and slogans from Govt. Secondary School, PI colony to mark the World Disabled Day
today. The rally passed through Sipu colony, Cooperative Tiniali, Paktu Bango and
culminated at PI Colony where a mass meeting was addressed by the DPC Coordinator
Bamin Loyi about the significance of the day. The programme was organised by SSA
Zilla Mission West Siang.
At Seppa, East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh asked the teachers to put up extra efforts
to explore the potentials of the students especially, children with special needs
(CWSN). He was addressing a programme on the occasion of World Disabled Day at BRC
Office, Seppa today which was attended by CWSN from various school of the district.
He also advised the students to identify and make maximum use of their inherent talents.
He also inspired them with the examples of many UPSE achievers who have overcome
their disabilities to succeed in life.
DDSE Kata Rangmo also lauded the CSWN students for their participation in the recently
concluded sports, culture and literacy competition.
Later, the DC also gave away prizes to the winners of competition of various activities.
At Khonsa, the World Disability Day was observed at SSA ID Hall, Khonsa today under
aegis of SSA district mission with various programmes.
Speaking on the occasion, Tirap DC Ravi Jha urged the students to maintain time table
“Disabled people shouldn’t be discriminated, must be loved and cared. Disability
can happen to anyone. Young people should learn to treat the differently abled persons
and people with some short-comings with love and compassion,” he said.
He further suggested the children to remain alert and vigilant always so that they
become worthy citizens of the country.
Participating in the deliberation, DDSE Pubi Lombi saying that there are many kinds
of disabilities including physical and mental disabilities asked the students to
treat their friends having any kind of disability with love and affection.
As a part of the World Disability Day, secondary essay competition, drawing and painting
competition were conducted for the students of various secondary schools. The DC,
DDSE and District Coordinator SSA gave away the prizes to the winners. DIPR/ DIPROs
DPM School observes World Disabled day
Donyi-Polo Mission School for the Hearing and Visually impaired has organized various
cultural programme and literary activities like painting, essay writing, debate competitions
and group discussion among the students to mark the International Day of Differently
The cultural programme performed by the differently abled children mesmerized the
audience and dignitaries present on the occasion including Executive Director (NHPC)
Ronel Kumar, State Liaison Officer (NSS) Department of Education Dr V N Sharma, Rajesh
Yadav, Deputy Commandant, 138 Bn and Founder Chairman Gegong Apang.
Later prizes were also distributed to the winners of the various competitive events
organised by the school authority during last two days. Besides Ronel Kumar, Dr
VN Sharma, Gegong Apang, Assistant Director (Tourism) Bengia Mana Sonam, social
workers Bijaya Sonam, School Principal H Sharma also spoke on the occasion.
Among others Dr J Mahato, Medical Officer, Raj Bhawan Dispensary, Dr B Saha, Principal
KV-II Itanagar, Dr Nalo, MO (NHPC) were present on the occasion.
Lest we forget December 3 in Arunachal history
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Not many Arunachalees are aware of the fact that 3rd December is
an important day in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. It was on this day in the year
1969 that agency council, the apex institution under Panchayat system in North East
Frontier Agency (NEFA) came into existence. In a way one can say that democratic
process started in the state on that very day.
The first agency council members of NEFA were Wangmai Rajkumar, Ita Polu, Tadak Basar,
Tapang Gyama, Rinchin Namje, Khongman Longsam, P Wangham, Hanwang Lowang, C Gohain,
Sengo Kri, Gora Pertin, Kabang Borang, Sutem Tasung, Tamar Karlo, Tsewang Norbu,
N Dususu, Pema Dorjee, Dani Kunya, Nabam Runkhi and Gangte Takio. They were representatives
of Tirap, Siang, Lohit, Subansiri and Kameng frontiers.
These legendary figures played crucial role in shaping the future of present Arunachal
Pradesh which was then known as NEFA. They used to meet at Shillong, headquarter
of NEFA, under the chairmanship of the Governor of Assam. During the second session
of council held on 10th and 11th August, 1970, the agency members discussed at length
about the need for proper naming of NEFA. All of them agreed that NEFA did not properly
represent the region and therefore process of finding a name for NEFA started.
The council had three names to select. These were Arunachal, Udayachal and Brahma
Mandal. After lot of deliberation under the chairmanship of then Governor of Assam
B K Nehru, the agency council members zeroed in on the name of Arunachal Pradesh,
meaning the land of rising Sun.
These are some of the most fascinating aspects of Arunachal’s history which unfortunately
state government has failed to share with the people of the state. Also the contribution
of the first agency council members of NEFA has not been properly recognized. Atleast
government should have named an institution or a stretch of road in the memory of
some of the council members who are no more alive. Likewise there are many interesting
important historical events which have not been properly documented over the years.
The department of research which has a major role to play has not been properly supported
by the state government. It is time that the state government pays more attention
towards documenting rich history of the state so that coming generations are enriched
about Arunachal’s past.
State needs minimum 3 to 4 airports: Governor
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has approached the Union
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati for minimum of 3 to 4 airports
in the state to address the communication bottleneck particularly, in air connectivity.
In his letter to the Union Minister on Nov 13, the Governor impressed upon him that
Arunachal Pradesh is the largest among the eight North Eastern states with difficult
mountainous terrains with poor road, rail and air connectivity but very high tourism
potential, in addition to being a very important strategic frontier state having
international borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar.
The Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh with its 83,743 Sq km of land area should
have not one, but minimum of three to four airports to cover most of the districts.
He pointed that Assam, which has lower geographical area of about 79,000 Sq km has
presently 6 airports.
Requesting the Union Minister to consider setting up of additional airports in addition
to the already sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the Governor called
for constituting of a high-power Expert Site Selection Committee in consultation
with the state government. This, the Governor said, will create confidence among
the people of Arunachal Pradesh about the sincerity of the central government to
fast track the development of the under developed state.
Reiterating his stand on the sanctioned Green Field Airport for the state, the Governor
clarified that based on suggestions from many quarters regarding alleged malpractices
in the land acquisition on behest of some powerful political leaders, he had suggested
for a thorough scrutiny of all documents of the land owners covered under the acquisition
process by CBI or and other Central Agency and meanwhile upgrading adjacent Lilabari
Airport in Assam, keeping in mind likely delay in constructing the Airport at Hollongi,
for which all the clearances were reportedly not available. The Governor empathetically
said that he had not recommended for scrapping of a Green Field Airport for the state
or for abandoning Hollongi site.
Expressing surprise and dismay on the selectively leakage of his letter to Prime
Minister in the media to give a impression that he had recommended for scrapping
of the only Green Field Airport Project for Arunachal Pradesh to benefit his home
state of Assam through upgrading of the Lilabari Airport, the Governor said that
in order to dispel public apprehension on possible abandonment of the Project, Ministry
of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India must finalize all necessary steps
on priority basis for setting up the Airport at Hollongi or Karsingsa-Banderdewa
or any other suitable site in Papum Pare district, based on techno-economic-social-environmental
considerations. He also suggested that a vigilance mechanism should be put in place
to ensure that there is no abnormality in its process of project implementation.
Acknowledging the letter from the Governor, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation
on Nov 19, informed that the matter is being examined for appropriate action. The
Governor had also requested the Prime Minister on the issue. (PRO to Governor)
CM sanctions fund for restoration of Kitpi hydels
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today passed an order for release of Rs.
1.5 Cr immediately for restoration of Kitpi-I and Kitpi-II Hydels and additional
Rs 30 Lakhs to power department for running the DG set. Concerned over the reported
power crisis hitting Tawang causing inconvenience to the local public and affecting
tourism, Tuki convened a high level meeting of Power department here this morning
and gave an order for release of fund on the department’s advice.
The restoration work would take atleast one month and during that period the DG set
would be used to supply power to the denizens of Tawang.
Earlier, Commissioner, Power, Kaling Tayeng made a detail presentation on the power
scenario of Tawang district showing break-up of generation capacity including installed
capacity and present generation capacities of various hydel projects commissioned
in the district. While briefing on the issues that has been hampering continues flow
of uninterrupted power supply in the district, Tayeng suggested mitigation measures
of short term, long term and medium term to address the problem on urgent basis.
Hydropower department assured that power supply would be improved with the restoration
works on important hydel stations which at present generates 2.52 MW. An additional
1 MW would be added for supply after the restoration of Kitpi-I and Kitpi-II totalling
to 3.5 MW which will to a great extent give respite to the power crisis of the district
in addition to the power supplied through generator.
The meeting was attended by Minister Power (Elect) Tanga Byaling, Minister Hydropower
Phurpa Tsering, Principal Secretary Finance Satyagopal Sinha, Secretary Planning,
Secretary Hydropower and Chief Engineers of concerned departments.
The progress of the decisions taken in the meeting will be reviewed in another meeting
to be held on Dec 25.
CS reviews central schemes under State Plan
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi has urged government officers to take
stock of progress made under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CCS) and apprised
the concerned Ministry to release subsequent installments.
He was chairing a high level meeting to review the progress of CCS under State plan
here at Banquet hall, today. All the concerned departments reviewed and discussed
their problems in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary informed that the budget estimate 20015-16 is Rs. 3245 Cr, out
of which fund received till date is Rs. 1052.09 Cr and State share is Rs. 62.08 Cr
The Chief Secretary also stated the Secretaries should also make a point to meet
concern officers in the Ministry and submit required documents. He further directed
all Secretaries to meet the targets by December.
After discussing and reviewing the problems from all departments, Negi expressed
happiness on the execution of Arunachal Trans Highway, and that forest clearance
are on time and required land acquisitions are going smoothly.
Stating that the Rs. 2200 Cr which still needs to come under CSS should be met, Principal
Secretary Finance, Satya Gopal directed the Secretaries to ensure the fund should
come from the State through them. Informing that most of the departments have not
submitted their Revised Estimates (RE), he asked all the Secretaries to format and
submit it to the Finance department on time. For expedition of schemes, the Principal
Secretary suggested to enhance financial power of Secretaries and Commissioners.
It will not only enhance the power but also lessen the burden of Finance department.
Earlier, Secretary Planning, Sonam Chombay, presented an overview of the CSS. DIPR
Gora Pertin memorial school inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Bringing joy to hundreds of students and parents, the Gora Pertin
Memorial Public School was inaugurated by the Lower Dibang valley (LDV) deputy commissioner
Ravi Dhawan yesterday at Bolung village near Roing town.
Dhawan in his address equated education with a burning light that can bring monumental
changes in the society and stressed that “being educated is more important than being
merely literate”. He hoped that with the inauguration of the new school, quality
education would be the primary focus of the authorities. He also highly lauded the
family of late Gora Pertin who was the first pro term speaker of the state and a
prominent public leader, for their contribution in setting up the school and donating
3 acres of land free in the village premises for its building.
Dr. Minggam Pertin, M.D, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, at Arunachal State Hospital
Naharlagun and the youngest son of Late Gora Pertin, in his address particularly
stressed on good parenting and said that “it’s important for parents to follow up
the performance of their wards. Simply sending children to school is not enough.
One must show them the right direction, otherwise there’s no point in trying to educate
them”. Recounting how his father along with late Ita Pulu were the main forces behind
setting up of the now much sought after VKV school at Roing, Pertin added that their
vision had guided them to actively do the site selection and marking to facilitate
its early establishment. “He always believed that any positive development in the
education sector would automatically develop the society as well,” Pertin said. He
added that the lack of good schools in the district has been one of the main reasons
for students going astray and falling into the vices of drug addiction and alcoholism.
He hoped that with the opening of new school, every student would have equal opportunity
to avail quality education. Pertin also highly appreciated the capital complex DC
Mige Kamki in his address for guiding him towards the Don Bosco fraternity which
played a pivotal role in initiating the school’s establishment.
Rev. George Pallipparambil who also attended the function, while appreciating the
land donors, assured everyone that their organization will work dedicatedly towards
providing quality education. “In a few years time the school will be producing officers
and well rounded personalities”, he said with conviction. DDSE (LDV) Mijum Lego while
lauding the immense contribution of missionary schools in the field of education
hoped that “with the establishment of Gora Pertin Memorial School in a remote area
like ours, we will soon be producing people with necessary talents”. Present on the
occasion also were Father Roy of Divine Word School, Roing Rev. Sister Cecilia Sad,
Headmistress of new Gora Pertin Memorial School Sr. Basyrpailin Kurkalang besides,
HoDs, parents and teachers. The students of Divine Word School presented a band display.
Numbers of dance programmes were also presented by the students on the occasion.
Ering calls for bilateral talks on Tsangpo dams
ITANAGAR, Dec 3: Member of Parliament, Arunachal East, Ninong Ering has called for
bilateral meetings between India and China on the water sharing issues of Tsangpo/Siang
and Brahmaputra rivers.
Raising the issue of Zangbo Hydro Project located in Gyaca, China and other three
dams over Tsangpo River in the Parliament on Tuesday, MP Ering stated that this will
be very disastrous in the near future. Stating that India and China have no river
water agreement, Ering questioned whether the government was taking the issue seriously.
He stated that the hydropower projects over Tsangpo which is Siang in Arunachal Pradesh
and Brahmaputra in Assam will create water scarcity not only in Arunachal Pradesh
but throughout the North-eastern region.
China is constructing three more dams at Dagu, Jie Xu and Jia Chen over Tsangpo River
other than Zangbo.
Negativity and pessimism choking Arunachal’s growth
[ Denhang Bosai ]
They say that when the people, especially the youth, the most potent force, lose
their hopes for no apparent reason(s) then no society or state can forge ahead. Most
unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening among the youths of our beautiful
state. They are competing against one another in all social networking sites and
other available media to run down, despise, ridicule and pain a painfully gloomy
picture of their own state. Negativity and pessimism are the catch words for them
today. Not only in media but also in real life the people of Arunachal Pradesh are,
for strange reason(s), more interested about what the Chief Minister, the Ministers
and the MLAs are doing, blissfully forgetting to perform their own bounden duties.
They seem to be least bothered about what they can contribute towards the growth
of their state but are always keen to poke their ‘long’ noses in others’ affairs.
This is a sure recipe for disaster and doesn’t augur well at all for the fast growing
state Arunachal Pradesh. I have always maintained that ‘the biggest room in this
world is the room for improvement and the easiest job is to criticize.’ Sadly, the
people always tend to choose the latter for obvious reason. Whenever I happen to
visit Itanagar these days the whistle of the train, especially of the AC Rajdhani
Express taking off from the Naharlagun Railway Station sounds like a sweet music
to my ears. Have we even imagined in the distant past that a train would indeed reach
the landlocked state Arunachal Pradesh? Many more places in the state will be covered
by train service soon. Seeing the capital roads being widened and colony roads being
concretized give me the ever elusive ‘all is well feeling.’
The beautiful State Secretariat building, the new infrastructures which have sprung
up everywhere and the success of individual entrepreneurs compel us to marvel at
the speed with which the state is moving. Apart from these few examples I have cited,
many people-friendly and useful projects are being implemented all over the state.
I fail to fathom why some people pretend to act blind not to see the developmental
processes taking place in the state. In the insurgency-hit Tirap district happy days
are here again thanks to the improved law and order scenario. People there are celebrating
festivals, organizing sports events and the people are more than willing to be a
part and parcel of the developments processes and the sea changes the state is experiencing.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha is travelling the proverbial extra mile to accelerate
the pace of development in Tirap district.
The youth of Arunachal Pradesh must realize that nobody possesses a magical wand
to wave away the ills and the plethora of problems the state is faced with. Its they
who will have to build a strong, vibrant and self-reliant Arunachal Pradesh, free
from the obnoxious smoke of enmity, communal disharmony, envy, jealousy and uncalled
for criticism. They have to learn from their immediate neighbour Assam wherein frequent
bandhs and unwarranted protests are crippling the otherwise most resourceful state.
Paradoxically, some overtly adventurous youths of Arunachal Pradesh are trying to
be a la Akhil Gogoi whose only job in this world is to protest. I have rechristened
him as Akhil Protest Gogoi. He protests anything against that is even remotely related
to development. They say ‘when the river overflows, the ants are eaten by the fish.
But when the river dries up, the fishes are eaten by the ants. Life gives opportunities
to all. Wait for your turn.’ This is only a quote from a wise man and must not be
misconstrued. The youths of Arunachal Pradesh must not try to equate Arunachal with
other more developed places like New Delhi by trying to adopt dharnas as a mode of
protest. People like Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and others have proven track records
who have contributed to their societies in no small measure. They are thoroughly
committed social workers with impeccable records who had contributed immensely to
the cause of their states and the country. People will only laugh if some Arunachal
people try to copy them. Arunachal Pradesh is an infant state and the denizens have
to work doubly hard to catch up with the other more advanced states. Protests and
dharnas will not in any way serve the cause of the state. If these disgruntled youths
have genuine grievances and better suggestions to make then they can always meet
the law makers of the state. They must remember that a government is only as good
as the people. If the people only complain and criticize without doing their jobs
then no state can move ahead. Everybody, right from the farmers to the government
employees to the youths and to the law makers have a vital role to play to build
Arunachal Pradesh. Perpetual complaints and criticisms are sheer wastage of time.
The people must not always expect what the state is giving to them. They must ask
themselves what they are doing for the state.
I don’t know why some people don’t enjoy some one’s success. It thrills me to see
young Arunachalee Doctors, Engineers, Administrators, Technocrats and Lawyers happily
going about their jobs. It also delights me to see the young Arunachalee girls doing
most of the computer jobs all over the state. As the eyes, ears and mouth of the
government I have worked under former Chief Ministers Gegong Apang, Mukut Mithi,
Dorjee Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin and now Nabam Tuki. I have always written glowingly
about these towering political leaders of the state not because I expect something
from them but because it’s my bounden duty to highlight the better side always. Projecting
the state and the leaders doesn’t help in any way. The people have to egg on and
encourage one another. As I said individual’s interest doesn’t count but the overall
interest of the state does. All the districts in the state started the journey of
life together. In this journey of life some districts in the state have made more
progress and development in all spheres thanks to the hardwork put in by the people
of those more developed districts. However, the relatively lesser developed districts
must not complain but work harder to be at par with the more advanced districts.
There were iconic political leaders from all the districts like Gegong Apang who
was in the helms of affairs as the HCM for more than two decades, Mukut Mithi, Dorjee
Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin, Tomo Riba, Todak Basar, Bakin Pertin, Tadak Dulom, PK Thungon,
RK Khrimey, TL Rajkumar, Lowangcha Wanglat, Wangpha Lowang, first Education Minister,
Nokmey Namati, first Speaker, Tengam Ngemu, Somchom Ngemu, Setong Sena, Padi Yubbe
were the pioneers in Arunachal’s politics. All the districts in the state got equal
representation in the State Legislative Assembly. In a nutshell, all the districts
got a fair share of power. Now, why everybody has started complaining? The present
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki like all his predecessors is putting his best foot forward
to take the state to that cherished goal of all round progress and unprecedented
pinnacle of development. Just as a newly planted sapling takes some time to fructify,
the various development initiatives of the Tuki government will take time to bear
fruits and pay healthy dividends. The people must have the patience and extend their
fullest cooperation to the state government instead of complaining always and every
time. The people will have to do away with the feeling of negativity and pessimism
which is choking the healthy growth of the state.
(The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhang Bosai @yahoo.co.in)